VPN in the Age of Covid-19

The last few weeks have been different. Different in more ways than one. For one, there is a virus spreading around the globe, that has already killed thousands of people, and two, the economies of many countries are in free-fall. You may think this is a strange time to talk about VPNs, but if you haven’t considered a VPN in the past, maybe now is the time to think about getting one.

Like many other businesses, VPN providers are slashing prices to drum up business and there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of those sales. IPVanish will even increase their risk-free trail period to 30 days, so you will have plenty of time to try their service.

If you don’t know what a VPN is or what it is used for, not to worry, this article will get you up to speed.

For many of us being stuck at home getting access to entertainment is an important part to keeping everybody sane. While money might be tight, there is plenty of free quality content available to stream, if you can access it; and therein lies the rub. Much of the free entertainment is region restricted, so unless you live in that specific region, it is off limits to you. VPN can open doors to this content simply by allowing you to appear to access the Internet from a different location. Sure, Netflix and a few others have made this very difficult, yet, there are still VPN providers that work hard to circumvent those restrictions.

There is second, and for many, probably more important reason: Working from home means remotely accessing business assets on a daily basis. While some, usually larger businesses with their own IT departments, can offer you a secure connection, especially smaller businesses often do not. Think about it, hackers too are forced to stay-at-home, what do you think they are doing with their spare time?

What is even better is that you can use the VPN for business during the day and the same VPN service for entertainment at night. You might even get your employer to pay for it? What’s not to like?

Here are a few services we like and use ourselves, so we know they work. I’ll link to a more detailed review in the description.

IPVanish

HMA

NordVPN

ProtonVPN

I hope everybody is staying home and staying safe, even if restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, let’s make the most of our downtime and enjoy some quality content we would otherwise have no time to watch. Sadly this emergency will last a while….

Happy viewing!

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